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Commercial Activities

Port of Tauranga

Commercial activity revolves around the Port of Tauranga which operates several kilometres of wharves. The land has been reclaimed from the harbour at Sulphur Point and at Mount Maunganui.

Established in 1873, the port handles more export cargo than any other port in the country. There are over 2000 ship movements in and out of the harbour every year.

A range of different goods come in and out of the port including logs, cement, grain, steel, vehicles, dairy products and kiwifruit.

Shipping schedule and other useful information for harbour users

The Port of Tauranga website has a shipping schedule that provides details of all vessels entering and leaving the port, which is regularly updated. This and other website information can be useful for boaties and other harbour users.

Cruise ships

Each year the Port sees cruise ships from the Pacific Islands, North America and Europe pass through the Tauranga Harbour. These ships bring large numbers of tourists into the Bay which in turn is great for the local and NZ economy.

Other commercial activities 

  • Ferries
  • Boat building and servicing industries
  • Commercial fishing

There are a number of tourist activities that take place on or leave from Tauranga Harbour. Some of these include:

  • Fishing charters
  • Harbour cruises
  • Wind surfing
  • Catamaran hire
  • Sea-kayaking 

There are two main marinas on the harbour:

  • Sulphur Point Marina
  • Tauranga Bridge Marina